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  • A Captivating Guide to the Ancient History of China and the Chinese Civilization Starting from the Shang Dynasty to the Fall of the Han Dynasty
  • By: Captivating History
  • Narrated by: Desmond Manny
  • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Education & Learning, Education
  • 3.7 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)

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Summary

If you want to discover the captivating history of ancient China, then pay attention....

In this audiobook, you will be led on a journey through almost 2,000 years of Chinese history, showing you all the ups and downs of those ancient times, the sufferings and joys of the Chinese people, along with their greatest achievements and failures. 

Dynasties will change, people will be killed and born, art made and destroyed, but the Chinese civilization will prevail, rising from humble beginnings to an empire that at some points outshined any other in the world at that time. And yet it won’t be only a tale of kings and queens, emperors and rulers. Of palaces and forts, of swords and shields. 

It will also tell a story of farmers and merchants, artisans and artists, philosophers and scientists. And hopefully by the end of this introductory guide, you will gain a sense of what, who, and how the Chinese civilization was made as great as it was and still is. 

From that, a better understanding of this amazing Far Eastern culture and its history should arise as well as a greater appreciation of its achievements and contributions to the world. And with a better knowledge of history, a clearer understanding of the world will come as well. 

In Ancient China: A Captivating Guide to the Ancient History of China and the Chinese Civilization Starting from the Shang Dynasty to the Fall of the Han Dynasty, you will discover topics such as
 

  • Chinese lands and birth of China
  • Shang and Zhou Dynasties and the rise of royal power
  • Disintegration of royal power
  • Birth of Imperial China
  • Rise and fall of the Han Dynasty
  • Society of ancient China
  • The ancient Chinese culture
  • Inventions and innovations of the ancient Chinese
  • And much, much more!

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Read the book instead

I found the narrator’s pronunciation of Chinese words grating and highly inaccurate. It is clear he never bothered to learn how the Chinese words are meant to be spoken which led to much confusion when listening to it. Save yourself time and read the book instead which I believe is available as a free book if you have kindle unlimited.

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Good one but it's not an enjoyable read.

The writing is a bit finicky also listen some repetitive things. But still So good book to have, well worth reading.

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China by Captivating History


If you are not accustomed with China and its history and their system of thought, then you must try Captivating History book.

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First Audible, nice stuff.

Somewhat an excellent exposure and unusual insight into China perception (new and strange to me). The author provided too much data into little space, congested one but still a nice effort from Captivating History team.

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Good work but repeated stuff.

This audio-book is especially for those who never took modern china history, this audible is absolutely a good listen, very informative, written in elegant and easy language. The only thing, the given stuff is repeated many times.

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Ancient China

An educational stuff written by Captivating History on the chines subject, carries an understanding into the history and expansion of one of the world' super powers.

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A definite recommendation for history lovers.

A definite recommendation for history lovers. Generally people think of history books as being boring but A CAPTIVATING GUIDE TO THE ANCIENT HISTORY OF CHINA is not of that class. It is a captivating and comparatively easy to understand the stuff.

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Good history of china by Captivating History.

If you need to be superiority up-to-date about one of the great Asian nation (china) and how it spasms into the modern world, “Ancient China" is a must have for your digital library.

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Good summarization of the history.

The author visualize Chinese and other reader’s very valuable prospects to know about Chinese leaders. Chinese whoopla machine has done too slight to link the general public and the governance, which will destruction the political root of Communist Party.

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I only like how the book is organized.

I only like how the book is organized, in a best way but the details are too much and repetitive. But there is no other issue. All the stuff is really well manged to understand the history. I didn't like to post it four stars as it is my first audible but I also can't post all the five.

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  • Joey
  • 31-05-20

Ancient China

A very good summary and thorough explanation of ancient China. Sometimes it was hard to understand, but it's not because of the author or reader. Rather, like Ancient India and Ancient Japan, the rulers and times are complex. There are also highlights and insights into why some emperors were more effective rulers than others.

The subject matter was very well organized. I also have ancient Japan and India audiobooks too. All three including this book give a fascinating account of Aisan History. I recommend this and other two bodies of work since they compliment each other. These countries did interact with each other throughout various times in history.

Thank you for taking the time to compose these works.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-01-20

Worth A Listen

This is a cheap, short, but well done overview of the history or China. Very informative for what it is.

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  • Pat M
  • 09-11-19

For stories I would rather recommend

The people who shaped China
I just found it much more entertaining and fun to listen to

This book here is more like an essay
While people who shaped China throws you into their lives

Anyway just my personal feeling
Different people have different tastes

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-03-21

Quite subjective

A lot of comments, such as 'China is truly a communist state' or 'modern humans have been living in China for 200,000 years' are not actually supported by fact and are at best conjecture or sloppy research, or at worst expressing some hidden agenda i have yet to pick out. Probably it's just oversimplification to make things sound 'exciting '.
It's treatment of the warring kingdoms period, a notably complicated period, has failed where every other attempt at describing it has also failed, too many shifting new names and places too quickly to actually follow. Although it appears to be a near impossible task to make that period easy to follow, so I don't judge it too harshly for failing where everyone else i have encountered, also has

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  • Apathide
  • 08-03-21

Massive history... 3hrs. Incorrect pronunciation

Started off okay as far as content. Couldn't continue due to the incorrect pronunciation. I'm not listening to this just to hear a story - I want to be able to discuss it with actual Chinese people and reconcile it with the bits of Chinese history I already have in my head.

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  • Mark Countryman
  • 04-08-19

easy listening

I have listened to many other historical books and this rates very high.... Recommended. Renewed interest in China

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  • Isaiah Christian
  • 24-03-19

Hello Ancient China.

The authors of Captivating History are famous for his reflection, I am sure my opinion is perfect, that "The Chinese are smarter than us", and that insolence of admiration shows through.

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  • Alexander B. Talbot
  • 24-03-19

Good one but too much details.

The author provides a good overview of the Ancient China, I did enjoy listening to this book and came away understanding a little bit more of all the Backstage. However, the author's explaining too much details.

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  • Michael
  • 24-03-19

It is very well and clearly organized

It is very well and evidently systematized. The author writes in a language that anyone can easily recognize. As your will listen through the audiobook, you feel you are part of Chinese history and are living the events as they explain. Brilliant audio-book for the history of China and its relation with its close neighbors.

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  • Gail Bishop
  • 24-03-19

Admirable Research

Captivating History’s writing team is excellent at its work but nothing likens to his research. In this book one can find in sights into people and issues that you could never find anywhere else.